Employment Region Dashboards and Profiles


The NSC has developed a range of resources which provide insights about employment conditions and the labour market in areas across Australia. 

They include:

      • Monthly Labour Market Dashboards
      • Industry Profiles
      • Recruitment Trends and Employer Needs Profiles

Monthly Labour Market Dashboard

Latest release date - May 2022

Next release date - June 2022

The monthly labour market dashboards combine a range of data sources from the National Skills Commission, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for 51 Employment Regions. National, state and territory dashboards are also provided. Note that the latest version of the dashboards use a 6-month average of original data from the Labour Force Survey for all Employment Regions. Recent analysis shows that this approach achieves the best balance between smoothing regional data volatility while allowing trends and turning points to be observed.

Picture of a Labour Market Dashboard as example of work

The dashboards include information on:

        • Key labour market indicators
        • 5-year employment time series
        • 5-year unemployment rate (%) time series
        • Largest employing industries in a region
        • jobactive caseload data for a region
        • Local Government Area unemployment rates
        • Number of internet job advertisements
        • Occupations in demand in a region

The dashboards incorporate data from the following sources:

Also note the ABS has advised that the flooding that occurred in New South Wales and Queensland from late February 2022 resulted in a major disruption to the operation of the Labour Force Survey (LFS). As a result, there were lower than usual numbers of responding households to the LFS in some of the flood affected regions in March 2022.

For the purpose of this dashboard, for the affected New South Wales and Queensland Employment Regions, February 2022 LFS data has been used in lieu of March 2022 LFS data. Please note that the non-affected regions, state and national dashboards will reference March 2022 data.

Industry Profiles

Latest release – April 2022

Next release – October 2022

The NSC industry profiles explore employment trends in 51 Australian Employment Regions and how they have changed over the past 10 years. They also examine the gender and age distribution of the workforce for each region. 

The profiles include:

    • Number of people employed
    • Largest employing industries in the region
    • Time series growth trends over 1 year, 5 years and 10 years
    • A look at youth and mature workers in different industries in the region
    • The gender split for the industries in the region


A national overview is also available. This paper provides insights into: structural change; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, hours worked and job vacancies; and provides the latest NSC industry employment projections over the five years to November 2026.

The profiles incorporate data from the following sources:

Recruitment Trends and Employers' Needs Profiles

Latest release – November 2021

Next release – Approximately every 6 months

These profiles provide an update on recruitment activity for each of the 51 Employment Regions.

The profiles show:

  • Trends in the Internet Vacancy Index
  • The top 10 advertised jobs 
  • The top 10 most requested skills in job ads
  • Data from the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey showing
    • the proportion of employers recruiting
    • difficulty in recruiting
    • reasons for recruitment (new positions or to replace staff)
    • staffing outlook
    • methods employers used to advertise their positions.

The profiles incorporate data from the following sources:


The national, state/territory and Employment Region reports are available at the following links:


        New South Wales              



       South Australia       

        Western Australia


         Northern Territory         

         Australian Capital Territory 

About the data

The following documents explain the data sources used and provide advice on how to interpret the data:

PDF document
Employment Region Labour Market Dashboards Data Sources And Quality

(1015 Kb)

PDF document
Labour Market Dashboard Data Explainer

(179 Kb)

PDF document
Labour Market Data Geography Explainer

(403 Kb)

PDF document
Labour Market Data Quick Reference Guide And Glossary

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Contact details

For further information on the dashboards and/or profiles please contact EmploymentPathwaysAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au 

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